Jeffrey Toobin fired by New Yorker after exposing himself on Zoom call
Journalist Jeffrey Toobin has been fired by The New Yorker after being placed on suspension following an incident in which he exposed himself to colleagues during a virtual meeting last month.
Toobin confirmed he had been fired in a tweet on Wednesday.
“I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work,” he said in part.
I was fired today by @NewYorker after 27 years as a Staff Writer. I will always love the magazine, will miss my colleagues, and will look forward to reading their work.
— Jeffrey Toobin (@JeffreyToobin) November 11, 2020
Earlier on Wednesday, the Daily Beast reported that staff had been informed of his firing in a memo.
“I am writing to share with you that our investigation regarding Jeffrey Toobin is complete, and as a result, he is no longer affiliated with our company,” Stan Duncan, Condé Nast’s chief people officer, wrote in the memo to employees, according to the Beast. “I want to assure everyone that we take workplace matters seriously. We are committed to fostering an environment where everyone feels respected and upholds our standards of conduct.”
A spokesperson for The New Yorker told The Hill: “As a result of our investigation, Jeffrey Toobin is no longer affiliated with the company.”
Toobin was immediately suspended following the incident, during which he exposed himself on a Zoom meeting to fellow employees of The New Yorker, where he has been employed for more than two decades.
“I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera. I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers,” Toobin said at the time. “I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video.”
Toobin also serves as a legal analyst for CNN and did not appear as part of the network’s coverage of the 2020 presidential election.
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